The Department of Defense (DoD) budget request in the 2015 president’s budget (PB) is $ billion plus $ billion for overseas contingency operations (OCO) funding as well as $ billion for President Obama’s Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative (OGSI). OCO and OGSI are both exempt from the budget caps instituted by the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011.
Unmanned aerial system (UAS) funding through 2019 is forecasted to experience a % compound annual growth rate (CAGR). This forecast assumes PB is approved as requested.
Procurement funding will decrease during the forecast period from about $ billion to $billion.
There is a significant dip in fiscal year (FY) 2015 as the Army’s MQ-1C nears the end of programmed production.
In FY 2016, the procurement of Navy MQ-4C Tritons brings planned procurement spending back to the $billion range.
Research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) funding is planned to increase significantly due to the Air Force’s (AF) Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) platform. However, it is possible that the platform has already been developed using classified funding, and RDT&E funds may be reprogrammed for procurement.
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